Li Yinhe, a well-known scholar, posted her objection to the economic nationalism advocated in the book: "There is a limit to nationalism. We cannot allow other countries to bully us but if we go beyond the limit and bully other countries, then that is wrong. The book says China should lead the world and take over more of the world's resources since the country is strong enough. If this means invading other countries, then that is going too far."
Not surprisingly, the book also attracted its share of attacks from state media. An editorial by the official China Youth Daily lambasted the book for fanning up nationalist anger to attract readers. It called the authors "shrewd businessmen and culture-mongers picking money from the pockets of angry youth and elderly people fired up by nationalism."
The state-run Xinhua news agency also belittled the book's popularity, saying it "has caused a stir among experts and scholars but has failed to strike a chord among average Chinese."